Gerard Winters, owner of Gerald Winters & Son, a rare book store in Bangor, Maine has just about every edition of Stephen King’s books you could imagine. He was dealt a horrible hand on Tuesday morning when a water main burst on Main Street, basically right in front of his store.
Winters has been collecting King’s books for two decades, with notable pieces including manuscripts and first editions, so the incident is especially devastating.
The broken water main flooded Winters’ basement, soaking dozens of first and limited-edition books, signed copies, non-English prints, seven of King’s original manuscripts, among other irreplaceable items.
Winters estimates he lost about 2,000 books, including seven of King’s original typed manuscripts including Dolan’s Cadillac, Maximum Overdrive, and The Eyes of the Dragon. Some rarer items were spared, as he kept them in his store “to show people, not to sell them.” He estimates about 10 percent of his inventory remains. “You can’t replace this stuff,” he said quietly.
Family, friends, and concerned customers have been calling the store to ask Winters about the incident, but he has yet to pick up their calls or even talk to his wife, who was visiting family in the couple’s homeland of Thailand. “I don’t even want to talk to them, because I don’t know what to tell them,” he said. “It’s a mess.”
Featured Image Via Bangor Daily News.